The Barclays. Reed Leads.

 

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Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”

 

 

 

John Deere Classic. Ryan Moore Wins.

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Ryan Moore wins the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

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A -4 under par 67 final round was good enough to give Ryan Moore victory at the John Deere Classic with a -22 under par tournament total, a two shot winning margin;

Ryan put his victory down to caddie J.J. Jakovac, he had not played the tournament since 2009;

“In that two-year break is when I hired J.J.  right after that, a couple years I had not played, and he kind of said to me like, ‘Man, I think that’s a really good tournament for you, in his experience of being here.”

 “I kind of thought about it, you know what, you’re probably right.’So we put it back in the schedule.”

“It was great to have another perspective, he’s a great golfer himself and has a really good understanding of tournament golf.”

“He was a great tournament golfer in college and amateur golf.”

“I played so steady the whole week, but to say at any point today I was comfortable would not be true.”

“I know I got a four- or five-shot lead or something at some point. I actually wasn’t paying attention to that at all, but someone said that afterwards.”

“I like that my body is feeling good this time of year, instead of the other way around.”

“I’ve been in the top 30 going into the Playoffs or in the 30s the last few years, and I haven’t made it to the TOUR Championship.”

“I’ve kind of plateaued a couple weeks before and haven’t played great going into them.”

“That’s a huge victory for me to just feel good.”

“I want to keep getting better. I think I can accomplish great things in this game and I keep trying to make the decisions to help me do that.”

Ben Martin was in second place at -20 under par, a last round -3 under 68 not quite good enough to put any pressure on the leader, he spoke about his FedExCup standing and how his putting made him feel good;

“I came into this week at 121, so I really needed to have a good week to take pressure off next week.”

 “I felt Thursday out there, ‘Man, this is the best I’ve felt all year, standing over the ball, over putts.’ I like the course next week.”

“Hopefully take a little momentum into the Wyndham, and then two weeks from now, the points, four times what they normally are.”

“So my best golf, I feel is coming, and this could be the start of a good run.”

“I was back and forth on the front nine, never got a whole lot going.”

“I think that hitting it tight on 12, and then rolled a good one in on 13, knocked it close again on 14.”

“unfortunately just never gave myself great opportunities on the way in. But yeah, I was happy to be able to bounce back there on the back nine.”

Sharing third place at -17 under par were Whee Kim, -4 under 67 today and Morgan Hoffman who stumbled to a last round of even par 71.

 

John Deere Classic. Ryan Moore Leads.

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Ryan Moore leads the John Deere Classic after 54 holes at TPC Deere Run.

Ryan Moore finished his round more than 20 minutes after the sunset on Saturday evening. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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Ryan took control of the John Deere Classic with third round -6 under par 65 for a tournament total of -18 under par. He had endured a long day, completing two rounds, both at -6 under;

“It was a long day, it was a lot of golf holes I played today, so to play that solid all day long, I’m very encouraged about it.”

“I think that was 34 holes I played today..”

“It will be nice to get to sleep a little bit tomorrow and be well-rested and just ready to get after it again tomorrow.”

Both Morgan Hoffman and Ben Martin shot -9 under 62,  to pull within a stroke of the leader at -17 under par.

Morgan carded six birdies in  row, from the 11th through to 16th, and said it was very dark when they finished, but the putts were going in;

“It is really dark, and the last few greens are getting really soft and bumpy too, so it was hard to read.”

 “I guess they’re running in right now.”

Ben was also having success with his putting;

“It was one of those days where all the putts were going in.”

 “It would have been nice to get the first five and the last five, but strong start, strong finish.”

After some horrendous rain delays the tournament is now back on schedule, and with so many players in contention tomorrow will be a very exciting finish to this wet and soggy competition.

 

John Deere Classic. Andrew Loupe Leads.

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Andrew Loupe leads the John Deere Classic . as the first round gets suspended  due to darkness.

Andrew Loupe will complete his first round on Friday at the John Deere Classic. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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Andrew carded first round -8 under par through 14 holes in the suspended opening round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

At -6 under par are Patrick Rodgers -6 under 65 today, Ryan Moore and Zac Johnson, also with competed rounds of 65, and Tom Gillis who is -6 under through sixteen holes.

Zac just loves this course, especially the putting surfaces;

“I don’t know what it is, but I love the golf course,I love the putting surfaces.”

“I do know the moment I feel like I can take this place down is the moment it can bite me, so I’ve still got to stay focused and keep the pedal down.”

“As far as the start and stop, we’re used to that, that’s not any secret.”

“It happens all the time. There’s days where there’s a 30-minute delay, there’s days where, shoot, it takes 30-some odd hours to play 18 holes.”

“I’m used to it. Relaxed a little bit, ate something, worked out a little bit, that kind of thing, just to stay loose, and then went back at it.”

Patrick had a solid day, apart from a three putt;

“Today was a really solid day for me, I felt like I was very consistent tee to green and gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdies.”

“My only bogey was a three-putt. My only missed green was in the fringe, so I played really solid golf. There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities to make mistakes.”

Ryan played well until the bogey at the last hole;

“I was playing well and you hate to drop a shot on the last hole.”

 “I didn’t play the hole well by any means. I didn’t hit any good golf shots. But a good putt can save just about anything, and that’s what happened.”

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”

CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore Successfully Defends Title

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Ryan Moore successfully defends his CIMB Classic title, winning at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ryan became the first player to defend a PGA title since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013. A last round -5 under par 67 saw Ryan lift the CIMB Classic trophy again, with a winning total of -17 under par, a three shot victory;

“It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes.”

“I like to tell myself all the time that `I am a closer. Let’s just do what we can, hit good shots and let’s close this thing’ and I was able to do that.”

Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second place, all at -14 under par.

Gary lost here last year, in a play-off against Ryan, and his final round -5 under par 67 was not enough to catch his opponent this time around;

“The par fives cost me all week, I played beautifully outside the par fives.”

“Hopefully I can ride this momentum and play well next week.”

Kevin birdied three of the first four holes to take a two-stroke lead, but then things started to wrong, a bogey on 13, before losing his tee shot on 17, into a Palm tree. He had to go back and take three off the tee, which finally halted his charge;

“It’s my fault hitting a bad putt and it’s hard to recover from that late in the day. I never got it together before I hit the next shot and you saw what happened.”

“It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours, but Ryan did step it up in the end.”

Sergio was also undone by a Palm tree, he also had to back to the tee, on the par five 10th, that cost him a double bogey seven;

“After nine, I thought I had a chance because I finally got some things going after two or three lip-outs early in the round for birdie.”

“But unfortunately that double bogey kind of stopped me.”

 

Accenture Match-Play. Rose & Rory Out. Magic McDowell Survives Again.

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Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy crashed out of the Accenture Match-Play tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course on Dove Mountain. Graeme McDowell survived another match where he looked like losing, once again.

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Justin went down to Ernie Els, 1 up, while Rory lost to Harris English, on the 19th hole. G-Mac went three down after six holes against  Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan. He then birdied the seventh and eighth to get within one hole, only to then lose the 14th to be two down with four holes to play. Graeme won the 15th and the 17th, and rounding off with  a ten foot putt on the final green to seal a one up win.

He joked afterwards;

“Why do it the easy way when the hard way will do. I just got off to a slow start again, probably less so today. I was quite proud of myself when I got a half on three, so I was only two down after three, as opposed to three down. I tried to go out there today and execute my game plan and try not to give him any room, try not to make any mistakes, try not to give him anything, and he kind of played the same kind of golf back. He played very, very well. 

“I made big putts on 15 and 16. The 16th especially was a massive putt to give me the opportunity.I feel very fortunate again today. I’ve certainly expended all my energy and emotions the last couple of days, but thankfully it’s early in the season and I’ve plenty left in the tank.”

Louis Oosthuizen dumped out Henrik Stenson 4-3, and Webb Simpson dispatched Brandt Snedeker by the same score.

George Coetzee is still doing fine, winning the 21 hole battle with Patrick Reed. Jason Day took even longer to overcome Billy Horschel, 22 holes.

Sergio Garcia is going along smoothly, a 3-1 victory over Bill Haas, while Jason Dufner eliminated Matteo Manassero by 2-1. 

Sergio said he had fun out there today;

“It was good fun, we both played hard. We both tried to play as well as we could to beat our opponent and I was fortunate to be just a little bit better than him today.”

A resurgent Rickie Fowler beat Jimmy Walker 1 up, Matt Kuchar beat Ryan Moore by the same score. Jim Furyk took care of Charl Schwartzel 3-2, and Jordan Spieth was too strong for Thomas Bjorn, beating him 5-4.

Victor Dubuisson continued to impress on his World Golf Championships debut as he overcame Peter Hanson 3 -1 to progress to face former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson, who saw off Jonas Blixt at the 17th hole when Jonas lost his ball under a bush. ( would have been ironic if Jonas had got a free drop, wouldn’t it)

Some good match ups tomorrow and any of the remaining players could win, as Graeme McDowell said yesterday, this is a brutal format.